Sep. 10, 2018Labor Day has passed, which means autumn is officially here (even though, yes… it’s still technically summer). Most of us are more than ready to put heat and humidity in the rear view mirror in favor of cooler days, foliage and frost, but if you’re not quite ready to trade in your summertime smoothies for more fall-focused fare, why should you?
Smoothies are the perfect quick fix for staying nourished and hydrated during the hot weather months — while avoiding the stove at all costs and they can be just as friendly to your fall wellness routine, too. Don’t be put off by the chill! Why choose a smoothie over something more traditional, like oats or eggs, in the fall? Smoothies are a great way to pack in loads of nutrients during a time when seasonal sniffles begin making their way around classrooms and schools. As the air around us begins to dry out, we’re left more susceptible to common cold and flu viruses, so adding plenty of immune-supporting spices and vitamin-packed whole food ingredients to every meal is of the utmost importance.
What makes the perfect fall smoothie? It’s all in the ingredients! Think: fruits that contain plenty of vitamin C, like mango and pineapple, to support immune function; healthy fats, like avocado, which also contains plenty of digestion-loving fibre; and grounding antioxidant-rich spices, like cinnamon and fall fave turmeric, which just so happens to be the star of today’s recipe.
Why turmeric? This golden root — it’s actually a rhizome, like ginger — has been loved in Ayurveda for centuries for its potential to support full-body wellbeing. It’s the star ingredient in golden milk, and along with lending a gorgeous golden hue to your morning smoothie, could provide a major boost in potential antioxidants. Ready to transition your smoothie routine to fall? Read on for the recipe!
Grounding Golden Turmeric Smoothie
4 oz. fresh carrot juice
4 oz. unsweetened coconut water
¼ – ½ cup frozen mango
¼ – ½ cup frozen pineapple
½ -inch piece fresh turmeric root, rinsed
1-inch piece fresh ginger root, rinsed
1-2 ½-inch pieces fresh zucchini
¼ ripe avocado
¼ navel orange, rind and any seeds removed
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp hemp seeds
Dash of cinnamon
Bee pollen and lime wedge, to top
Combine all ingredients (except bee pollen) in a high-speed bender and blend on high for about 30 seconds, or until smooth.
Top with bee pollen and serve with a lime wedge and your favorite reusable straw. Enjoy!
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